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Donors plot against GOP rebel
The Hill ^ | November 10, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe and Kevin Bogardus

Posted on 11/10/2013 10:08:57 AM PST by Hilda

Business leaders are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.

In a letter obtained by The Hill, prominent Michigan donors request financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger, Brian Ellis. Seven individuals, including prominent Michigan businessmen Mark Bissell, J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa, signed the fundraising plea.

They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”

“[Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehner’s plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,” the letter says.

The letter was printed on Ellis’s campaign stationery.

“These are folks I’ve known for a long time, and they’re excited about my candidacy,” Ellis told The Hill.

Ellis said his supporters have expressed frustration with the conservative wing of the GOP and the shutdown strategy.

“To a large degree, they’re not happy with the faction that my opponent represents,” he said.

“I'm hearing it from everybody. [The shutdown was] no way to run a country. It's no way to govern.”

Amash is among a rebel bloc of House Republicans who pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to make stand on ObamaCare in the fight over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

The tactic infuriated business groups, several of which have threatened to enter into GOP primaries in order to defeat hardliners in the GOP.

Amash has also been a thorn in the side of leadership, and was one of a handful of Republicans who orchestrated a failed attempt to oust Boehner earlier this year.

Conservative groups are aware of the challenge to Amash, are pledging to match the business community “punch-for-punch” to defend one of their champions in Congress.

“He’s the gold standard of principled constitutionalism in Congress,” said Dean Clancy, the vice president of public policy at FreedomWorks.

“We have heard that the K-Street establishment wants to knock him off — and we intend to defend him punch-for-punch.”

An aide to Amash’s congressional campaign said the letter’s signatories don’t speak for the Grand Rapids business community, and noted that the congressman has substantial business support.

Executives at direct-selling giant Amway, for example, are backing Amash.

The Amash campaign shared with The Hill a letter from Doug DeVos, Amway’s president, calling on donors to support the lawmaker. In addition, Steve Van Andel, Amway’s chairman who also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, has already contributed the maximum $5,200 allowed to Amash’s campaign for the 2014 election cycle.

The National Federation of Independent Business previously endorsed Amash, and a spokesman for the group said while it hadn’t made a decision on the race this cycle, the group wouldn’t endorse his opponent because Amash has had such a strong record on the group’s issues in Congress.

The Amash aide also defended the lawmaker’s record, noting that during the shutdown fight, Amash only defied GOP leadership on the final deal that reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling.

Still, Michigan’s 3rd District appears to be another front in the battle between the Tea Party and business wings of the party, which is being fought on the local level.

Last week, business groups helped Rep.-elect Bradley Byrne triumph over the Tea Tea-Party-backed Dean Young in a special election in Alabama’s 1st district.

The win has energized business leaders, who say they are now looking to engage in other races.

Byrne received significant support from local business groups and leaders, like the local arm of the National Retail Federation (NRF), which launched a get-out-the-vote effort on his behalf.

Stephen Schatz, spokesman for the NRF, said the group is planning to recreate that engagement on the local level elsewhere.

“I think our goal with the retail community is to plug our folks into some of these races more aggressively than in the past, and not take it for granted that people are going to make the right policy choices,” he said.

But grassroots groups are pledging to fight back. FreedomWorks didn’t endorse in the Alabama race, but Clancy said that the takeaway from that election should be that “corporate America is scared of the grassroots.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amashoutnow; diabn; gop; michigan; palestinianhorse; rino; teaparty
I have no use for the corporate RINO GOP. They are now as godless as liberals.
1 posted on 11/10/2013 10:08:57 AM PST by Hilda
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To: Hilda
The tactic infuriated business groups, several of which have threatened to enter into GOP primaries

Lenin was right. They'd sell Obama the rope to hang themselves with.

2 posted on 11/10/2013 10:12:10 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I'm guessing Amash, Walberg, and Bentivolio are on the target list here in Michigan. Its the southern Michigan conservative bloc.

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Michigan legislative action thread
3 posted on 11/10/2013 10:12:51 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hilda

Lord, how can we go after the Democrats when we have to keep watching our backside from the constant RINO attacks.


4 posted on 11/10/2013 10:15:41 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Hilda

The big banks will fund them with our tax dollars to kill us.


5 posted on 11/10/2013 10:16:57 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Hilda
99% of Americans have no idea the government shut down. They are furious, however, over obomacare.
These aren't "conservatives." If they were, they'd be praising anyone who supported the shut down in an attempt to stop the abomination called obomacare.

"By their fruits ye will know them"..... These people support left wing policies, and verbally claim to be conservatives at the same time. Their actions speak louder than their words.

6 posted on 11/10/2013 10:19:21 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Hilda

The GOPe and business (because of their desire for Amnesty and a never-ending supply of cheap labor) are AT WAR with the Republican base.


7 posted on 11/10/2013 10:22:47 AM PST by House Atreides ( D)
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To: Hilda

Amash?

Maronite?


8 posted on 11/10/2013 10:23:31 AM PST by wardaddy (i loved White Queen)
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To: Hilda

Is it possible to keep a list of Senators and Representatives that are worthy of our support in each state? Generally you only know about your state and other high profile states. If you are like me you are NOT going to donate to the GOP, so we need an idea of the best place to put our money.


9 posted on 11/10/2013 10:24:27 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: Hilda

I have business in northern MI

I am going to send this young fella some campaign money

Unless MI posters warn otherwise


10 posted on 11/10/2013 10:26:03 AM PST by wardaddy (i loved White Queen)
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To: Hilda

If they want to open a hundred new fronts in this war, I say we open a thousand.


11 posted on 11/10/2013 10:26:06 AM PST by EternalVigilance (tomhoefling@gmail.com)
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12 posted on 11/10/2013 10:26:50 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Hilda
“I'm hearing it from everybody. [The shutdown was] no way to run a country. It's no way to govern.”

Oh please. Nobody cares about the stupid shutdown. People care about the new health insurance costs that are throwing them into the poor house! People are losing everything, and this idiot is worried about 2 weeks worth of paid vacations in Washington????

Man, is this guy out of touch!!!

13 posted on 11/10/2013 10:26:56 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Hilda

The Chamber of Commerce has become Big Government socialists, supporting Obamacare so they can dump their employee health insurance costs onto the taxpayer, and supporting immigration “reform” so they can benefit from cheap labor, legally for a change.

The establishment party is not our friend, people. They’re in bed with the democrats.


14 posted on 11/10/2013 10:29:51 AM PST by MNnice
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To: Hilda

The GOPe needs to be taught that the Tea Party is NOT going away!

I have a simple strategy, intended to infuse CONSERVATISM, without risking Political Suicide.

FUND ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVES throughout the Primary elections and the General elections. (If the GOPe in your District or State wins the Primary, go ahead and VOTE for him/her, BUT, SEND MONEY TO THE CONSERVATIVES IN OTHER DISTRICTS AND STATES.

The country is too close to destruction to refuse to vote GOP or play the 3rd party game.


15 posted on 11/10/2013 10:34:36 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Hilda
Had someone tell me that she wanted to vote against him because he "voted for the ACA".

When I pointed out that he was not even in the House at that time she responded, "Well he did something!"

:Sigh:

Thankfully she is not in his district.

16 posted on 11/10/2013 10:36:53 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Hilda
“I'm hearing it from everybody. [The shutdown was] no way to run a country. It's no way to govern.”

With morons like this running businesses, its no wonder we're in such bad shape. You would think he might do a little research and figure out that the democrats are the ones who shut government down rather than repeating a street rumor.
17 posted on 11/10/2013 10:37:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wardaddy
Amash was my state rep before election to the US Congress. He was at the very first Tea Party event in Grand Rapids and spoke several times at our Tea Party meetings.

I have seen nothing from him or his actions to sway my support.

Even when he votes for or against something contentious, he explains the real details of what was in a Bill to base his vote, and it is usually the crap snuck into a bill that isn't publicized that determine how he votes.

I would say that he is one of the few who actually read and know what is in a bill before voting on it.

18 posted on 11/10/2013 10:39:23 AM PST by kevslisababy
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To: kevslisababy

None of them are perfect but we’ve got a few 90 percenters in Michigan and that’s good enough.

I’m wondering where Joe Schwarz plays into all this. You know he’s out there somewhere bashing conservatives. Dumbass has never recovered from being pushed out of office by “extremist” Walberg.


19 posted on 11/10/2013 10:46:09 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dowcaet
The most important thing is to keep the Democrats our of power.

But the most urgent thing is to make sure that no Replublican "moderate" EVER wins another election. That means an absolute boycott by the conservative base, without exception.

Only when the RINO GOP-e completely collapses will we be in a position to constructively fight the Democrats left and restore America's core values.

20 posted on 11/10/2013 10:48:37 AM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Hilda
GOP rebel

If they don't like him that way,
They won't like me, I'm sure, today
And I'll be standing right by his side when they say:

"He's a rebel and he'll never ever be any good
He's a rebel 'cause he never ever does what he should."

21 posted on 11/10/2013 10:50:26 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Hilda; All

Just an FYI....about AFP (Americans for Prosperity) group....I WAS supporting them....as do the KOCH brothers....but, the KOCH brothers have been found to support AMNESTY....NO MORE SUPPORT for AFP!


22 posted on 11/10/2013 10:58:50 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Abathar; All
BTW Abathar reminded me of this. This will air at 9 tonight.

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Series finale filmed in Detroit. Bourdain is fairly liberal so he naturally gets plenty wrong but I think he nails it with a lot of his comments on Detroit. There are some seriously good eats in Detroit.
23 posted on 11/10/2013 11:01:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hilda

They need ‘tough love’ to correct their ways: punishment.

“Bissell manufactures and markets vacuums, carpet sweepers, deep cleaners, hard surface appliances and a full line of floor cleaning consumables.
Mark Bissell is involved in many local organizations including Business Leaders for Michigan, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and the Heart of West Michigan United Way Campaign Cabinet.
Mark Bissell has served on the board of directors for Holland office furniture maker Haworth since 2008.

J.C. Huizenga
Companies include National Heritage Academies, Inc. and Charter Development Company, L.L.C
http://www.huizengagroup.com/portfolio/

Michael J. Jandernoa
He is a general partner of Bridge Street Capital Fund 1, LLP;
He currently serves as First Vice Chair of the Business Leaders of Michigan, Inc. Mr. Jandernoa also serves on several private company boards.
http://www.forbes.com/profile/michael-jandernoa/

Don’t know what the most appropriate/effective punishment would be, but the mere failure of their attack will not be lesson enough for them.


24 posted on 11/10/2013 11:03:55 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Hilda

Who are these GOP “business leaders” buying into the bullsh*t democrat shutdown narrative, and I hope I don’t own any shares in their companies.


25 posted on 11/10/2013 11:06:52 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Hilda

So GOP-E crony hacks, let’s say (for the sake of argument) that you do take down Amash...who’s going to vote for you and your ilk in the general election that follows?


26 posted on 11/10/2013 11:07:55 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Hilda

Anyone who isnt prepared to go to DC to fight the the communists is a sworn enemy of the working taxpayer and must be destroyed.

That includes Ellis, his greedy blue blood country club friends and their greedy pulled back wives, and any other sorry son of a bitch who thinks campaign commercials are going to beat those who intend to go to DC not to work with the communists and reform the syetem, but to destroy the communists and smash the system.

COMMUNISM

IN THE U. S. A.

The first of a series on the Communist conspiracy and its

influence in this country as a whole, on religion, on

education, on labor and on our government

^^No Communist, no matter how many
votes he should secure in a national
election, could, even if he would, become
President of the present government.
When a Communist heads the govern-
ment of the United States — and that day
will come just as surely as the sun rises—
the government will not he a capitalist
government hut a Soviet government, and
hehind this government will stand the
Red army to enforce the dictatorship of
the proletariat, ‘’

Sworn statement of
WILLIAM Z. FOSTER

Head of the Communist Party
in the United States

If you ever find yourself in open debate with a Communist the facts
here given can be used to destroy his arguments completely and expose
him as he is for all to see.

Every citizen owes himself and his family the truth about Com-
munism because the world today is faced with a single choice: To
go Communist or not to go Communist. Here are the facts.

1 . What is Com-munism?
A system by which one small group seeks to rule the world.

2. Has any nation ever gone Communist in a free election?

No.

3. Then how do the Communists try to get control?

Legally or illegally, any way they can. Communism’s first big
victory was through bloody revolution. Every one since has been by
military conquest, or internal corruption, or the threat of these.

CONSPIRACY is the basic method of Communism in countries it
is trying to capture.

IRON FORCE is the basic method of Communism in countries it
has already captured.

1 2. What would happen to my insurance?

The Communists would take it over.

34. Where are their headquarters in the United States, and who
is in charge?

Headquarters are at 35 East Twelfth Street, New York City. Wil-
liam Z. Foster, of 1040 Melton Avenue, New York City, has the title
of “Chairman of the Communist Party of the United States,” but
Foster is actually just a figurehead under control of foreign operatives
unseen by and unknown to rank and file Communists.

55. What is the emblem of the Communist Party in the United
States?

The hammer and sickle.

36. What is the emblem of the Communist Party in the Soviet
Union?

The hammer and sickle.

57. What is the flag of the Communist Party in the United States?
The red flag, the same as that of all Communist Parties of the world.

49. What kind of people become Communists?

The real center of power in Communism is within the professional
classes.

Of course, a few poor people respond to the Communist claim that
it is a “working class movement.”

But taken as a whole the Party depends for its strength on the sup-
port it gets from teachers, preachers, actors, writers, union officials,
doctors, lawyers, editors, businessmen, and even from millionaires.


27 posted on 11/10/2013 11:09:40 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Roses0508

Maybe we can ask the moderator to designate one of the right-side panels to articles about the GOP-E and the real conservatives so we can always open one or add to the list when we need to. I see that some of the articles are on that right side panel for months. Surely there could be a designated panel for this purpose.


28 posted on 11/10/2013 11:16:34 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Hilda

They sense their corporate welfare may vanish and they don’t know how to survive except at the government trough.


29 posted on 11/10/2013 11:28:57 AM PST by chickenlips (Karl Rove: The Donut Whisperer)
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>> Amash is among a rebel bloc of House Republicans who pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to make stand on
ObamaCare

>> Business leaders are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.

To Hell with the fascist “business” leaders.


30 posted on 11/10/2013 11:35:13 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: G Larry

Your strategy is sound. Also if you live in a red state there is no reason whatsoever that your congressmen should be a lib. if you are in that situation work against them tirelessly. If you are in a blue state settle for the RINO only after you primary him/her and keep them “right”.


31 posted on 11/10/2013 11:35:31 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MNnice

they are capital cronyists. fascists. however you want to view them. they’re corporate welfare whores.


32 posted on 11/10/2013 11:40:27 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Exactly! If they want an all out war, we will gladly give it to them. People will soon realize they can’t trust the RINO when they lose their job to a newly “legal” immigrant who will do it for less.


33 posted on 11/10/2013 11:45:57 AM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: Hilda

“[Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehner’s plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,” the letter says.”

Amash should start by dispelling the White House myth, perpetuated throughout the media and throughout the political class that the nation was ever at “the edge of default”.

1. The statute authority for contintuation of the government to continue to raise revenue on the same basis that revenue was being raised was not in doubt - revenue coming in WAS going to proceed, under law, as it had been.

2. The question before Congress was how it COULD be spent and if the federal government COULD raise the debt ceiling limit.

3. Constitutionally neither of those facts - and given the federal government’s substantial and ongoing revenues, could have legally, nor could have financially, required or allowed the Obama White House to default.

4. The only kind of payments that the Constitution MANDATES the federal government MUST pay, whether it pays for anything else or not, IS anything that comes due on the debt it owes, which is predominately interest on the debt. Everything else it pays IS subject to what needs to be paid on the debt; before anything else.

5. The only reduction in what the federal government might have not paid, or might have temporarily deferred payments on, would have been in (a) the “discretionary” budget - everything outside of “entitlements and or (c) “entitlement spending and or any combination of the two, BUT NOT the constitutionally required payments on the debt.

Those attacking Amash are in one regard allowing themselves to be part of, and participant in, an Obama lie that HE WAS USING AS A THREAT.

It was Obama who was threatening to default on the debt, spend what he would have beeded to not default on his own programs, and in spite of the fact the Constitution mandates the debt be paid, whether any other appropriations of Congress do or do not.

If Obama had gone through on his threat, instead of tightening the sequester belt, he could have, and should have been impeached for it.


34 posted on 11/10/2013 12:06:52 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli

Exactly right.


35 posted on 11/10/2013 12:53:37 PM PST by EternalVigilance (tomhoefling@gmail.com)
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To: Wuli

Michigan? Isn’t that where Detroit is? Gone bankrupt? This bunch of geniuses is part of the problem there and ought to shut their collective pie holes. Especially if they can’t get the whine straight. They seem to have events backward and I notice they didn’t say a word about the Kenyan refusing any effort to minimize the effects of Ofuzziecare. These are the same guys cutting employees back to 29 hours/ week to cheepskate out of paying health benefits. They bear watching to see if they also corrupt campaign finance rules in how they fling money around?


36 posted on 11/10/2013 1:27:37 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Maceman

No, the most import thing is to keep ANY one who is a BIG G’MENT, more G’ment, type of person out of office.

This covers people like the two Bushes, McCain, etc.

If you like Big active G’ment vote Democrat


37 posted on 11/10/2013 1:51:51 PM PST by DanZ
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To: cripplecreek

I thought I heard something about him running either for Levins Senate seat or the next governors race.


38 posted on 11/10/2013 2:51:37 PM PST by kevslisababy
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To: Hilda; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


39 posted on 11/10/2013 3:00:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: G Larry

Don’t send money to RNC, NRSC, etc.


40 posted on 11/10/2013 3:09:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That is precisely my point.

Fund conservative candidates directly.

If you run out of conservatives in your area, look to other states and districts.


41 posted on 11/10/2013 3:14:00 PM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

I have no use for the CINO/LINO/RINO Justin Amash, and it isn't about Amway.
Executives at direct-selling giant Amway, for example, are backing Amash. The Amash campaign shared with The Hill a letter from Doug DeVos, Amway’s president, calling on donors to support the lawmaker. In addition, Steve Van Andel, Amway’s chairman who also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, has already contributed the maximum $5,200 allowed to Amash's campaign for the 2014 election cycle.

42 posted on 11/10/2013 5:43:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We must support him.


43 posted on 11/13/2013 10:54:05 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Hilda

Defund the GOP.


44 posted on 11/13/2013 10:54:34 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Hilda

Give only directly to the candidate. All candidates accept money directly. Give nothing to the RNC or any Republican committee.


45 posted on 11/13/2013 10:56:31 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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